Board Members are volunteers, donating their time, expertise and experiences to ensure that our organization meets our mission and stays accountable to the community and its residents. The Board of Directors is the backbone of Mutual Housing California, and its members contribute greatly to the success of our organization.
The Board holds monthly meetings, rotating them between the main office and the various mutual housing communities. The board holds an annual board retreat to work with management staff to set goals for each subsequent year, discuss new program initiatives, and evaluate program outcomes.
Board members also serve on committees, such as the Audit, Site Acquisition, Board Governance, Resident Impact, and Asset Management Committees. Residents, former residents, community members and professionals may apply to serve on the volunteer board of directors. The job description for a board member may be found here. Board experience is highlighted below:
Mindy Romero, Chair, is a former resident leader from the Tremont Green Mutual Housing community in Davis. She currently serves as Chair of the Board and president of Yolo Mutual Housing Association and Mutual Housing California. She is a mom and is the founder and director of the California Civic Engagement Project housed at the UC Davis Center for Regional Change at UC Davis and holds a PhD in Sociology at UC Davis. Mindy chairs the Mutual Housing Executive Committee and is a member of the Audit, Governance and Site Acquisition Committees. She is an appointed member of the Social Service Commission of the City of Davis.
Elizabeth Beigh, Treasurer, is a Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer at Farmers & Merchants Bank of Central California. As Treasurer, she also chairs the Audit Committee and sits on the Executive Committee. Elizabeth also sits on the Board Governance, Site Acquisition and Asset Management Committees. Elizabeth brings to the board her many relationships with the region’s commercial and residential developers, as well as a great knowledge of the banking community.
Jack Ledyard, Secretary, is retired from the University of California, Davis, and has broad experience in construction, retail and property management and maintenance. He is a resident leader at Westerner Mobile Home Park Mutual Housing Community. As Secretary, he is a member of the Executive Committee. Jack also chairs the Asset Management Committee and serves on the Resident Impact and Board Governance Committees. Jack is a proud father and grandfather.
Greg Chew is the former chair of a large Portland-based housing nonprofit. He is the senior planner for transit-oriented development and housing at Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) and is the County of Sacramento’s appointee to the Board of Directors. Greg contributes his planning expertise and facilitates relationships with public and private organizations involved in transit-oriented development. Greg is a former chair of the Mutual Housing board, chairs the Site Acquisition Committee, and serves on the Asset Management and Board Governance Committees.
Cathy Creswell provides housing, planning, and legislative services through her consulting firm, Creswell Consulting. She is currently the Chair of the Board of Sacramento Housing Alliance, a local housing and homeless advocacy organization of which Mutual Housing is a member. Prior to starting her consulting firm, Ms. Creswell served as the appointed Acting Executive Director of the State of California Housing’s Department of Housing and Community Development, and prior to that, served 12 years as Deputy Director in that Department, overseeing the Policy Division. She has over 25 years expertise in affordable housing development, policy, and advocacy. Ms. Creswell obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in political science/public service from University of California, Davis.
Jay Schenirer is Sacramento City Council member Jay Schenirer and is the City of Sacramento’s appointee to the Board of Directors. He currently works as an independent consultant and policy advisor on education reform and youth policy and strategies. He also runs two educational programs for legislative staff. Mr. Schenirer serves on a number of Boards and Commissions important to the future of the community. Mr. Schenirer holds a B.A in Political Science from UC San Diego where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and a Masters Degree from the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin.
Cartearra Johnson is a resident leader at Norwood Mutual Housing. She is a student at American River College studying to receive her AA and a nursing degree. She is also working to receive her license as a nail technician, which is a working hobby of hers. Ms. Johnson is a wife and mom who supports her children’s school, dedicating herself as President of the Fairbanks Elementary School PTA. She works closely with other residents of her mutual housing community, involving them in community programs and coordinating youth programs.
Rebekah Davis is a resident leader at Moore Village Mutual Housing in Davis. Since 2007 she has worked at the Davis Waldorf School, where as a former director and current teacher she has developed a broad range of skills including program creation and coordination, staff supervision, community outreach, mediation and contract/budget management. She has a teaching credential with a concentration in Human Development from Rudolph Steiner College, and is studying Cultural and Physical Geography at CSU Sacramento.
Verna Erby-Ekpeduma is Neighborhood Watch Chairperson for Norwood Estates and has lived there for 3 years. During this time Ms. Erby-Ekpeduma has immersed herself in Community Leadership and Development. She is a member of the Resident Impact Committee, Norwood Resident Council, and was a 2013 NeighborWorks Community Leadership Institute teammember. Along with helping to coordinate Fitness and Women’s Empowerment programs within Norwood, she advocates on behalf of her neighbors through Sacramento A.C.T. and Sacramento Housing Alliance. Verna provides housekeeping services and manages her own healthy living business. Ms. Erby-Ekpeduma has an AA in criminal justice at Sacramento City College and Paralegal at Heald Business College.
Rosalinda Martinez is an instructional assistant at Woodland Community College, a former elementary school and migrant education teacher and resource coordinator. Ms Martinez has a Bachelor Degree in Social Sciences from San Jose State University and a Masters in TESOL (Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages). She has volunteered with Yolo County Habitat for Humanity, Sacramento Valley Organizing Committee, the Yolo Literacy Council and is currently helping to re-establish the Woodland Democratic Club.
Maximo Fernandez is the former Director of the Community Development Department for the City of Sacramento. Prior to that, he served as the City’s Director of Neighborhood Services/Code Enforcement. He has over 30 years’ experience in municipal development and redevelopment. His focus at the City was the improvement of the service delivery model. He oversaw the development and implementation of the City’s Rental Housing Inspection Program, now recognized as a national model for ensuring that privately held rental housing is safe and well-maintained, and a key success of Mutual Housing’s housing advocacy work. Mr. Fernandez was educated at Moorpark College and Cal State Northridge. He is seeking his first term as a Community Interest member.
Jennifer Higley-Chapman is a resident leader at Moore Village Mutual Housing Community in Davis and active on the resident council. She is employed as a Special Education Para educator in the Davis Joint Unified School District. She is a founding member of Uniting for Racial Justice of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis and has been active with that group for 8 years. She has served on several board and associations, including at local colleges and universities. Jennifer serves on Mutual Housing’s Resident Impact Committee and is serving on the board in an interim appointed seat.